Learn using the latest in optical technology, train with industry professionals and be ready to work as an optical dispenser. Be a crucial part of any eyecare team as you find the right eyewear solutions for your clients and support your optometrist and ophthalmologist colleagues.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Provide advice on frames, lens selection, contact lenses, sunglasses and safety eyewear
Dispense optical appliances and atypical prescriptions
Process and manage optical appliance orders
Deliver great customer service selling products and services
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Real-world experience with 100 hours of work placement
Experience in taking facial measurements
Skills to shape and fit lenses into frames
Skills to repair spectacles and glasses
A sound understanding of customer service and retail skills
Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.
This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.
During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:
A Working with Children Check (WWCC)
A National Police Check Vaccination and health screenings
Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Language, literacy and numeracy skills at Year 12 level
A caring and empathetic nature
An eagerness to work with a range of diverse people
A positive outlook and enjoy working with others
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like: Optical dispenser
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The Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing does not have any pre-requisite courses.
The Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing does not have any post-graduate courses.
The Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing does not have any related courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 14 units of competency, including 9 core and 5 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
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